Capacity Building & Education

Event: 2012 GBIF Science Symposium [viewed]

The 2012 GBIF Science Symposium, held in association with the 19th meeting of the GBIF Governing Board, will take place at Lillehammer University College in Norway and is open to the public. The theme of this year's symposium will be "GBIF at work - biodiversity data at the service of science and society." The symposium will feature eight presentations, including a keynote by Nathan Swenson, winner of the 2012 Ebbe Nielsen Prize, as well as a panel discussion on GBIF as data infrastructure to inform science and society.  

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Pacific Preparatory Meeting for COP 11 Focuses on Effective Engagement [viewed]

10 August 2012: Participants at the Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of the Parties 11 (COP 11) gathered in Rotorua, New Zealand, from 10-13 August 2012, to prepare to engage at the international level in an effective manner. The meeting was coordinated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), and funded by the EU through the African Caribbean Pacific Multilateral Environment Agreement (ACP MEAs) Capacity Building Project, in partnership with the CBD Secretariat.

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MC Newsletter Highlights Socio-Economic Measures Workshop, Launch of Humåtak Project [viewed]

August 2012: The August 2012 issue of the "Micronesia Challenge Newsletter," published by the Micronesia Challenge (MC) Secretariat, features articles on a socio-economic measures workshop held in Palau, blog networks, the Humatak Project now underway in Guam and more.

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World Heritage Centre Signs MOU with French MPA Agency for Indian Ocean Sites [viewed]

6 July 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that the World Heritage Centre (WHC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the French Marine Protected Area (MPA) Agency (AAMP), in support of the conservation of marine World Heritage sites.

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UN Marks International Day of World's Indigenous Peoples [viewed]

9 August 2012: UN agencies addressed the theme “Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices” at an event marking the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples on 9 August 2012, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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UN Indigenous Peoples Partnership Posts 5-year Program Framework [viewed]

2 August 2012: The UN Indigenous Peoples Partnership (UNIPP) has made available its five-year program framework, titled “United Nations Indigenous Peoples Partnership: Strategic Framework 2011-2015," which outlines UNIPP's thematic areas of focus for the realization of indigenous peoples' rights. It has also published a brochure describing the genesis, governance and guiding principles of UNIPP and its Multi-Partner Trust Fund.

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Event: World Water Day 2013 [viewed]

Reflecting the decision to designate 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation, World Water Day 2013 will be dedicated to the theme of water cooperation.  

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CABI Launches Knowledge Bank on Plant Health Information [viewed]

July 2012: The Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux International (CABI) has launched the Plantwise Knowledge Bank, a web-based portal that combines plant health information with diagnostic tools, fact sheets and other information resources to assist farmers in identifying and controlling crop pests.

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Event: International Year of Water Cooperation [viewed]

The UN International Year of Water Cooperation will be observed in 2013. The campaign will work to advance comprehension of the challenges and benefits of water cooperation, and promote it worldwide. UN-Water has called upon the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to lead the International Year. The 2013 World Water Day, marked on 22 March, also will be dedicated to water cooperation.  

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Year of the Bat Newsletter Highlights Plight of Bats in Asia Pacific [viewed]

3 August 2012: The UN Environment Programme Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS) has published the fifth edition of the newsletter, "Year of the Bat Chat," highlighting the status of bats in Asia and the Pacific. CMS leads the Year of the Bat campaign in 2012.

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